(Framingham, MA – May 14, 2018) – Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest, a non-profit agency that provides vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need, announced today it was awarded a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo. Funding from Wells Fargo will support JFS’ Reducing Achievement Gaps, a comprehensive Framingham after-school program aiding economically disadvantaged new American elementary school age children and their families to meet basic needs and to address barriers to academic success.
The program helps academically at-risk children develop positive attitudes and learning habits, strengthen their academic performance, meet basic needs and develop healthy lifestyles. Long range goals are to help at-risk children to escape the cycle of poverty and to reach their maximum potential as productive, healthy, successful adults.
According to Marc Jacobs, JFS’ CEO, “Reducing Achievement Gaps is able to support children at a critical time in their educational development through the philanthropic contributions of generous community partners like Wells Fargo.”
JFS offers a range of services targeted to the needs of persons of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, residing in Metrowest communities.Guided by a tradition of social responsibility and compassion, JFS is dedicated to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds, treating people with dignity and compassion, helping people achieve and sustain healthy lives and independence, providing culturally relevant services and collaborating with community partners to broaden impacts.
Through its charitable giving programs, Wells Fargo embraces its responsibility to be a leading corporate citizen and the opportunity to create more resilient, sustainable communities through its operations and actions. Wells Fargo focuses its giving on community development, health and human services and educational programs that create lasting change and address the challenges facing the cities and towns where its customers and team members live and work.
“Wells Fargo has a rich history of community support in Massachusetts and we have personal connections to the people in our communities – many of whom we proudly call our customers,” said Briana Curran, vice president, Community Relations and Communications, Wells Fargo. “Jewish Family Service of Metrowest provides critical services to young children living in Framingham who despite facing many barriers, through the Reducing Achievement Gap program are able to overcome these obstacles and achieve their dreams.”
About JFS of Metrowest
JFS is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to standing up for those left behind, serving over 5,000 people within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year. The proceeds of the Seize the Dream event support a wide variety of programs including extended-day tutoring for at-risk children, nutrition assistance for low-income families and support services that enable frail older adults to live independently. JFS’ sound fiscal management practices have earned it a 4-star rating (with a perfect score of 100!) from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn more about JFS, visit www.jfsmw.org.